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Alfred Hawthorne Hill was born on the 21st January 1924 in Southampton, Hampshire, England, and was a comedian and actor, certainly best recognized for starring on TV in his own “The Benny Hill Show” (1955-1991). His career was active from 1937 until 1992, when he passed away.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Benny Hill was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total size of Benny’s net worth was over $2 million at the time of his death. accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry.

Benny Hill Net Worth $2 Million

Benny Hill spent his childhood in his hometown; his father, Alfred, as well as his uncle worked as circus clowns. When he quit his education, Benny began to work several jobs until he became an assistant stage manager. During WWII, he served in the British Army as a mechanic, then when the war was ended, he returned to London and started pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

Thus, Benny’s career really began in 1947, when inspired by his favorite comedian, Jack Benny, in his honor changed his name, and started work as a radio performer in various shows, often alongside Reg Varney. Thanks to his talent, in 1949 he was hired on television, appearing in the show “Hi There”. Benny’s big break came when he launched his own “The Benny Hill Show” in 1955, which lasted for the next 40 years, adding a considerable amount to his net worth. In the following year, he was chosen to play the role of Hugo Dill in the film “Who Done It?”, directed by Basil Dearden.

In 1962, he appeared in another TV show entitled “Benny Hill”, which ran only for a season. Two years later, he was cast as Nick Bottom in the television production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, but Benny continued to work on radio too, performing in such programs as “Benny Hill Time” (1964-1966), which aired on BBC Radio, and parallel with that, worked as an actor, appearing in such film titles as “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” (1965), playing Fire Chief Perkins, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), in the role of a toymaker, and “The Italian Job” (1969), in which he starred as professor Simon Peach, all of which increased his net worth. In 1974, he wrote the script for the film “The Best of Benny Hill”, and before he passed away, he also wrote the script for the film entitled “Benny Hill: Unseen” (1991). Furthermore, Benny appeared in the music video for the Genesis’ single “Anything She Does” in 1986.

Thanks to his accomplishments, Benny won the Charlie Chaplin International Award for Comedy in 1991; it is known that Charlie Chaplin was one of his biggest fans.

When it comes to speak about his personal life, Benny Hill never married and had no children. He passed away at the age of 68 from a heart attack on the 20th April 1992 in Teddington, Greater London, England.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 21, 1924
Birth place: Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK
Death date: April 20, 1992, Teddington, United Kingdom
Height:5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Profession:Comedian
Education:Bournemouth School, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
Nationality:American
Parents:Alfred Hill Sr.
Albums:Sings Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West, Benny Hill Collection, The Ultimate Collection, Comedy Songs, The Best Of The Best Of Benny Hill
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He'd been dead for two days before he was found.
2Before entering show business he was a milkman in Eastleigh, Southampton.
3Had a brother, Leonard.
4Buried in Hollybrook Cemetary, Shirley, Southampton.
5Never married nor had any children.
6Spoke fluent French and also spoke some Italian, German, and Dutch.
7After one of their stars died in 1966 (Arthur Haynes), ATV, a rival company to the BBC, tried to re-snatch Benny, but the liaison was short lived when he discovered he would be required to do other things (rather than just his comedy show), such as presenting other programmes. ATV contracts were reputedly just word of mouth and a handshake so it was easy for him to return to the BBC.
8His simple but ingenious film-tricks are copied by many, for example "Austin Powers".
9Appeared on the cover of TV Times for the week that ITV started broadcasting in colour.
10Died of a heart attack while sitting in front of his television inside his apartment. He was found by a producer friend of his who had to climb through a window to let police in. Benny was in his pajamas (what he normally wore around his home). Sitting next to him on a small stand was an unsigned contract which Benny was considering to begin a new series with his friend.
11He was the star of Genesis' music video for "Anything She Does" in 1986 (from the "Invisible Touch" album). It was the band's idea to cast him. He played his "Fred Scuttle" character, who is the new head of backstage security. Needless to say his incompetence - due mainly to his wandering eye for the ladies (including Page 3 Model Linda Lusardi) - lets all manner of people into the band's dressing room. The video used many of Benny's trademark gags (smoke out of the ears, speed-ed up film..) and a separate, customized, version was shot to use as the opening to the group's world tour.
12Was born on the same day that V.I. Lenin died.
13Born on the same day as Telly Savalas, whose Kojak (1973) character he impersonated on his 1969-1989 Thames TV show.
14Related to Holly Valance. His cousin is her grandfather.
15Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 216-217. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
16His father and uncle were circus clowns, performing in the circus until they both left for military service during WWI.
17When Hill died in April 1992, his estate was worth an estimated £10 million. The only will Hill created left his estate to his parents, who had died years before. Next in line were his brother and sister, neither of whom he had a close relationship with, but like his parents are also dead. As a result, Hill's estate was divided among his seven nieces and nephews.
18After complaints that his television comedy sketches were too sexual, he began casting children to appear on his shows. But instead of hiring professional child actors, he hired the children of the television crew, stating that their laughing to his sight gags were genuine.
19Despite his wealth and success, he never owned a car, did his own shopping, lived in a two room apartment, but never used the second floor. According to one of his obituaries, he once refused to repair the leaky roof in his mother's home because it was "too expensive".
20At the time of his death, a large box was found in his apartment. The many awards and honours he had earned throughout his career had been placed in the box as if they were unimportant to him.
21Died in his favorite chair while watching television.
22Was one of only a handful of TV comedians (the others being Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason) who had control over the circumstances of production of their respective TV shows.
23Comedian.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1His inimitable smirk in close-up looking directly into the camera
2Parody of British Army salute.
3Expert in featuring in fast moving, mute comic short subjects, with funny music, and massive persecutions at the end.


Quotes

#Quote
1Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight, I could hardly breathe.
2I'm not against half naked girls - not as often as I'd like to be.
3Do unto others, then run.
4Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.
5The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.
6I thought I couldn't afford to take her out and smoke as well. So I gave up cigarettes. Then I took her out and one day I looked at her and thought: 'Oh well,' and I went back to smoking again, and that was better.
7That's what show business is, sincere insincerity.
8Why get married? That's like burning down the house just to have a bit of toast. And why should I buy a book when there's such a good library in town!
9Girls are like buses: If you miss one, don't worry - another one will be along in a few minutes. And at night there aren't as many, but they're faster.
10Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand.
11[When asked to comment on rumours that he had sexual affairs with women who appeared on his shows]: I never yell, I never tell, but I'm grateful as hell.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScriptThe Benny Hill Show (1969)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Benny Hill Show (1969)· John Robins (producer)
· Dennis Kirkland (producer)
· Mark Stuart (producer)
· Keith Beckett (producer)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety or Music ProgramThe Benny Hill Show (1969)· Philip Jones (executive producer)
· Keith Beckett (producer)
· David Bell (producer)
· Ronald Fouracre (producer)
· Peter Frazer-Jones (producer)
· Dennis Kirkland (producer)
· John Robins (producer)
· Mark Stuart (producer)
1972BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceThe Benny Hill Show (1969)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TimeshiftTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Stars in Their Eyes1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Benny Hill's World Tour: New York!1991TV Movie performer: "New York Rap" / writer: "New York Rap"
The Benny Hill ShowTV Series writer - 50 episodes, 1969 - 1988 performer - 49 episodes, 1969 - 1988 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1971
The Best of Benny Hill1974performer: "My Garden of Love" - uncredited / writer: "My Garden of Love" - uncredited
Skywatch1960performer: "Strike A Light"
Who Done It?1956performer: "Who Done It?" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benny Hill: The Hill's Angels Years2006Video
Benny Hill's World Tour: New York!1991TV Movie
The Benny Hill ShowTV Series writer - 56 episodes, 1969 - 1989 script - 3 episodes, 1971 - 1985
Benny Hill's Crazy World1988Video
Video Spotlight1985Video
Benny Hill's V!deo S!deshow1982Video
Benny Hill's Video Revue1981Video
Benny Hill Down Under1977TV Movie
The Best of Benny Hill1974script
Eddie in August1970TV Short
The Waiters1969Short writer
The Benny Hill Show1957-1968TV Series writer - 18 episodes
The Benny Hill Show1967TV Movie
Spotlight1967TV Series special material - 2 episodes
A Christmas Night with the Stars1964TV Series 1 episode
Benny Hill1962TV Series writer - 6 episodes
The Benny Hill Show1959TV Series 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Video Spotlight1985VideoHost / Various Characters
Eddie in August1970TV ShortEddie
The Waiters1969ShortWaiter
The Italian Job1969Professor Simon Peach
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968Toymaker
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes1965Fire Chief Perkins
A Christmas Night with the Stars1964TV SeriesWillie Tredder / Geography Teacher / Youth Leader / ...
ITV Play of the Week1964TV SeriesBottom
Benny Hill1962TV SeriesBenny
Skywatch1960Syd McGaffey
Pantomania: Babes in the Wood1957TV MovieMinstrel
Who Done It?1956Hugo Dill
The Christmas Service Show1953TV MoviePresenter

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Benny Hill ShowTV Series original songs - 5 episodes, 1971 - 1985 composer - 1 episode, 1973
The Best of Benny Hill1974original songs
The Benny Hill Show1961TV Series original music by - 2 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benny Hill's World Tour: New York!1991TV Movie
Video Spotlight1985Video
Benny Hill's Video Revue1981Video
Benny Hill Down Under1977TV Movie
The Best of Benny Hill1974uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Benny Hill Show1975-1976TV Series 2 episodes
Eddie in August1970TV Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eddie in August1970TV Short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beautiful People2008TV SeriesHimself (in photo)
Benny Hill: A Tribute1992DocumentaryHimself
Benny Hill: The World's Favorite Clown1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host / Various
Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host / Various
Des O'Connor Tonight1991TV SeriesHimself / Fred Scuttle / Mr. Chow Mein
The Bikini Open 41991TV MovieHimself - Judge
Benny Hill's World Tour: New York!1991TV MovieHimself - Host / Various
VIP noche1990TV Series
Cap d'any a TV31989TV MovieHimself
The Benny Hill Show1969-1989TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various / John 'Hannibal' Smith / ...
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryPoliceman (uncredited)
Benny Hill Down Under1977TV MovieHimself - Host / Various
Top of the Pops1971-1972TV SeriesHimself - 'Ernie' video
The Benny Hill Show1955-1968TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
The Benny Hill Show1967TV MovieHimself - Host / Various
Spotlight1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
Benny Hill1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
International Showtime1962TV SeriesHimself
Ask Anne1961TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jo Stafford Show1961TV SeriesHimself
Let's Make a Night of It1960TV ShortHimself
The Benny Hill Show1957-1960TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
The Royal Variety Show1960TV MovieHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1956-1959TV SeriesHimself - Comic - Top Of The Bill / Himself
Spectacular1959TV SeriesHimself-host
Men, Women and Clothes1957TV SeriesHimself Modelling Fashions
The Windmill Theatre: Twenty-Five Years Non-Stop1957TV ShortHimself
Off the Record1956TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line1954TV SeriesHimself - Guest Celebrity
Show Case1954TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Centre Show1953TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Kaleidoscope1952TV SeriesHimself in After the Show segment
Music-Hall1949TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube 20142014TV MovieHimself
Comedy Songs: The Pop Years2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Morir de humor2008TV Movie
How TV Changed Britain2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series
All the Best from Denis Norden2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Is Benny Hill Still Funny?2006TV Movie documentaryVarious Characters
Fear of Fanny2006TV MovieFanny Craddrock
La rentadora2006TV Series
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentary
Benny Hill: The Hill's Angels Years2006VideoHimself - Host / Various
Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Laughter2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Timeshift2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Showbiz Set2002TV Movie documentary
Who Got Benny's Millions?2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped2001TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentary
The Unforgettable Benny Hill2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Greatest TV Moments from Hell2000TV SpecialHimself
The Filth and the Fury2000DocumentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1998TV Series documentaryHimself
A Christmas Night with the Stars1994TV SeriesHimself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Funny Business1992TV Series documentary
Alma Cogan: The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice1991TV Short documentaryHimself
Omnibus1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Benny Hill's Crazy World1988VideoHimself - Host / Various
Benny Hill's V!deo S!deshow1982VideoHimself - Host / Various
Benny Hill's Video Revue1981VideoHimself - Host / Various
Years of Lightning1981TV Series documentaryTravel Agent
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself
The Best of Benny Hill1974Himself - Host / Various
Top of the Pops1972TV SeriesHimself

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